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Easter. The calm before the storm. The two weeks before the mayhem of exam time is upon students everywhere again! But you don’t need to stress because we’ve got the revision tips you need to make sure you plan your time properly and revise well!
A revision plan will help you plot out exactly what you need to revise, how often and when your exam is. Make sure that you plan in breaks, give yourself a day off every now and then and plan in a reward for completing each section of revision.
Don’t spend too long on your revision timetable. It is important to make it something you want to use and look at but the important part is what to revise and when! If you’re stuck on how to start a revision guide, here’s a simple calendar you can use!
Create the Perfect Revision Environment
After you’ve created your revision plan, the next step is the Perfect Revision Environment. The ideal environment is at a desk or a table, not in bed or in front of the television! Some people prefer complete silence when revising while others prefer a bit of background noise, however you work best is up to you to decide!
Answering past papers is a great way to look at previous exam questions, how they’ve been worded and what kind of topics have come up previously. Topics that featured on the exam the year before typically won’t be on the exam again but this is never guaranteed so make sure you revise everything.
Past papers can be used in two ways. You can do a mock exam where you answer the questions in the time limit with nothing but pen and paper (and other materials if the exam says you’re allowed them) or you can make a detailed plan on how you would answer the questions. You should include examples, evidence and perhaps quotes if you need them.
Most past papers will include a guide on how the answers will be marked. You can use this to see what kinds of things the examiner is looking for and whether your answer was on the right tracks.
Depending on your subject, chances are there is a revision guide out there for it. Make sure you get the right one for the right exam board however as you don’t want to waste valuable time revising something that is not relevant! Your teachers will be able to recommend which books to get and check you’ve got the right ones, so if in doubt just ask!
Revision guides are useful as they give you a breakdown of all the information, a guide to each topic and what’s important plus little tips along the way.
Instead of reading the same information over and over hoping it will go in, make notes about the important information. This will help the information to stay in your brain and make sure that you don’t just skim read your work.
You make your notes look however you like from bullet points to mind maps but try not to spend too much time making them look nice!
Have Lots of Breaks and Don’t Cram!
Revision is essential but it’s important to make sure you don’t over work yourself. The human brain cannot concentrate for more than 45 minutes at a time. Take regular breaks, have the occasional day off, reward yourself for hard work and remember to not force yourself. If you’re struggling to take in any information or concentrate, take a break and come back to it a bit later on.
Make sure you don't try and do any last minute cramming the night before. Instead focus on eating properly, staying calm and getting a good night's rest.
The most important tip for revision is to work out how you revise best. Some people prefer past papers while some people prefer writing out pages of notes, but it doesn’t matter how you revise just that you are and doing it well.